Patients who have undergone breast cancer treatments are often at risk of developing lymphedema. If your lymph nodes have been surgically removed or if you have undergone radiation therapy treatments, it is very important to be screened regularly for signs of lymphedema. Dr. John Rimmer offers advanced lymphedema testing in Palm Beach County as one way to help his patients win the fight against breast cancer.

What are the signs of lymphedema?

Lymphedema is one of the most commonly seen side effects of breast cancer treatment. Some see symptoms within a few weeks of surgery. Others see no symptoms for years. Either way, however, it is very important to know the symptoms and to schedule regular lymphedema testing in Palm Beach County. The sooner we are able to diagnose the problem the more we are able to minimize and treat the effects.

Some common signs and symptoms of lymphedema include:

  • A sensation of tightness or heaviness in one or more limbs
  • Aching or discomfort in one or more limbs
  • Swelling in part or all of an arm or leg, including in the fingers and/or toes
  • Limited range of motion
  • Thickening and hardening of the skin
  • Frequent, recurring infections

    It’s important to pay special attention to swelling, as this is a clear warning sign. If a limb seems particularly swollen after a long trip, or if clothing or jewelry feels unusually tight, schedule a visit with us right away. The sooner you are tested, the sooner we can diagnose and treat the problem.

    Can lymphedema be cured?

    Unfortunately, there is not yet a cure for lymphedema; however, we can treat and minimize the symptoms of the condition. Weight loss, compression therapy, exercise, massage, and laser therapy can all minimize swelling and discomfort and can improve your quality of life overall.

    Of course, the best way to prevent lymphedema is through early detection. To schedule your lymphedema testing in Palm Beach County, give us a call at 561-748-1242.